'Byte' into your family history

Media release: Monday, 26 March 2012

The National Archives is encouraging people in the Canberra region to visit and 'byte' into their family history at the Archives on Saturday 31 March.

'People are always amazed to discover what we hold about their ancestors in the Archives' collection,' said events manager Kylie Roth.

'Family historians might find family service records, photographs, immigration and citizenship applications, employment records and even letters in the National Archives, which help to build a picture of their past. The search is even easier now, as many of these documents are available online.'

'Experts will be available during the day from the National Archives of Australia, as well as a range of other cultural and family history organisations, who can provide tips on finding families.'

A special panel event will include special guests Canberra Times journalist Sally Pryor; Linda Emery, a researcher with the SBS television program Who Do You think You Are? and Brad Argent from Ancestry.com. The panel, moderated by ABC presenter Louise Maher, will share their family research tips with the audience.

'Seminars will include 'Byte into your family history'; 'What to do when it isn't all on the internet'; 'Databases for free'; 'Family history at the National Library' and 'Close to home – using local collections for your family history'. In 'More bang per byte' Brad Argent will offer tips and tricks to help users get results. A panel of conservators will show the best way to preserve documents and share stories.

Entry is free but bookings for special events are essential on (02) 6212 3956 or events@naa.gov.au.

Shake Your Family Tree will be held at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT on Saturday 31 March.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
  • Melanie Harwood (Assistant Director, Communications)
    t (02) 6212 3755 m 0422 535 213 e melanie.harwood@naa.gov.au
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